Remote Control

Fiction Film / Mongolia – Germany / 2013 / 90′

  • Author:Byamba Sakhya
  • Director:Byamba Sakhya
  • DOP:Charles Libin
  • Editor:Byamba Sakhya, Naomi Spiro
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution
  • Festival:Busan IFF 2013 (New Currents Award), Rotterdam IFF 2014, Göteborg IFF 2014, Vilnius IFF 2014, Mooov FF 2014

Tsog and his little brother Tulga are growing up in a loveless home with a bitter stepmother and a drunken father. To support his family, Tsog resells the neighbor’s milk in the city. His only survival is to retreat inside his imaginary world. And he constantly draws pictures of his favorite hero – a young monk. After a senseless fight between the parents, Tsog runs away from home and settles on the rooftop of a city apartment building. He soon becomes obsessed with the young woman Anu, living in a top floor apartment of the opposite building. Tsog feels familiarity between their souls and starts to imagine different ways to intertwine their fates. But in reality, she suffers acrophobia – the fear of heights. The boy steals a remote control and starts to control Anu’s TV from the rooftop. Once having this little taste of power he wants more – to rule other’s feeling. But Tsog’s attempt to rule Anu’s feeling collapses as a man appears in her apartment. Despair and misery forces Tsog to make revenge; he decides to organize a robbery in Anu’s apartment. But growing up from his dream and fantasy world, Tsog decides to face the reality at the end. He saves
Anu’s flat from robbery using the remote control for the last time.

In co-production with Guru Media (MN) and Market Road Films. Supported by the Ministry of Culture of Mongolia, World Cinema Fund, Hubert Bals Fund, Togoldor Foundation, Air Trans Co.Ltd, Telmen Khas Co.Ltd, MCS Holding and the Development Fund of Culture and Arts Mongolia.

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